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Original Size: 7.5x10
Medium: Ink, Water-dyes, PrismaColor Pencils
Copyright Notice: Story and Image 2008 by Bob Giadrosich/Sharayah Press. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited by law.

    The first of twenty illustrated original short stories collected in one volume to be presented for publication.

Within

    In this Age of Empires, the sun never set on the vast armadas of winged airships as they stretched across the skies like metallic fish floating in numeric formations. Coded voices hummed through the atmosphere; the invisible swan-song of worker bees communicating with their queens and kings and princes.
    Former colonies fought for independence. Counties fought for regional dominance. Regions fought for continents, until the whole world was consumed with wealth, desire, and power. The moneymakers speculated on commodities and fortunes rose and fell for the want of a nail.
    It was a sobering time, when energy became abundantly expensive and food supplies disappeared. It was an exciting time, when expeditions tamed the wild interiors of foreign lands, and the poles of the planet were traversed by brave heroes wrapped in furs and ice. It was a curious time marked by rising hemlines, mass intelligence, and instant gratification.
    It was a time the world had never seen before as statesmen became politicians, politicians became entertainers, entertainers became heroes.

    It was an age of advancement. Science was deified, Theology was humanized, and Glamour reigned supreme. With the death of Truth, Rome burned while the culture waltzed Matilda.

    Secure in the sheltered orchards of her mind, the wall stood on the edge of where her dreams began, and along this sanctuary she followed a meandering path amidst the perfumed byways, scented by roses, lotus, and wisteria. Shaped like a nautilus shell, the wall spiraled ever inward, diminishing in size as each chamber unlocked another aspect of form, time, and space. It was ancient beyond reckoning, built long before the pharaohs entombed their mortality underneath their desert shrines.

    Along its length, those locked in the walls’ embrace slumber until her brushing hand against their visage awakens them. Dickens returns from the London alleyways to pick up his quill and dips it into the inkwell. The strains of a Magic Flute sets Amadeus looking for his pile of blank composition papers. Picasso and Pythagoras square their hypotenuse and compare their right angles. Alice lies dozing by the waters edge, dappled sunlight forming a mosaic on her upturned face. Alexander is not yet Great; Socrates has yet to drink his hemlock-laced tea. Moses cries as his reed cradle bobs on the currents of the Nile.

    Orpheus plucks his lyre and sings,

"Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
Mama’s going to buy you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird don’t sing,
Mama’s going to buy you a diamond ring."

    What is the price of folly, she questions, when a nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse and there are ditches on both sides of the road? What is the worth of wonder, she asks, when madness shuffles in, quiet as a kitten and deadly with locomotive breath? What is the cost of beauty, she speculates, when the sacred and the profane are one and the same? When the threshold of eternity gestures, would one leap into the unknown abyss or choose to stay in the familiar shell of decay and deceit?

    Ever inward, the garden path grows smaller, and smaller still. Night birds serenade, hidden by the holly and ivy which create a living tunnel through which she passes.
    Whispers of foxfire trail around her, half-remembered from the time when she was a child, a homemade faerie ward resting upon the window sill to guard against night noises.

    Evening comes, and the crescent moon casts its silver light, her faint shadow on the moss-encrusted flagstones beckoning her forward. She has been here at the cusp many times before, only to rein in the bridle of her hearts’ desire, always returning to the outer realm, but now, with each new moment independent of the one before, Wishes sprout wings and leaves Reason earthbound below. Through the last gate, and her natural sight opens up and expands until the vision is past, present, and future. A breeze passes by bearing the discordant notes of distant chimes.
    Above, a deep blue sky blazes as the novas herald their fairest sibling, "Aiya Eärendil Elenion Ancalima! Hail Eärendil brightest of the stars!" Beneath, jade green fields of unkept winter wheat.

    Deeper still, she wanders, neither lost, nor forgotten. In a nearby grove of aspen and juniper, silence descends on Titania’s court as they watch her passing; a lone figure on the crest of a hill silhouetted against the blushing clouds. Just over the horizon Prometheus rides with the moving dawn, an orb of fire in his thieving hand.

    A half-smile stroking her amber lips, Pandora stirs once more and wipes the sleep from her eyes.
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010   Traditional Artist
Just one example of little corrections I would suggest if editing the texts: in the penultimate paragraph - not/not, or neither/nor, but not not/neither.

Deeper still, she wanders, (neither lost, nor forgotten . . . / not lost, not forgotten . . . / )

I tend not to point out things like this because it is often seen as too picky. If you like, I will refrain. But since I take your writing as seriously as your artwork, I thought it would be good to point it out at least this once.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Duly noted and corrected. Thank you!!
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
:thumbsup: :)
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squirrelmobster Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is lovely. I really like the colors.
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unicornsquest Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
oooh, I like this one!
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CaroleHumphreys Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful, enjoyed the tutorials as well. Thanks for posting them.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
And thank you for reading them, Carole, and the fave on the finished piece!

:D
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CaroleHumphreys Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I've got some Winsor & Newton inks, and if I ever find the time, I'll make good use of your advice and have a go. :)
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Rocketdog57 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
As always, Bob, your work is so full of rich detail, and in colour? Looks twice as delightful.
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JessMcNoodle Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
startling colour and clarity! gobsmacked.... just saw that u have a tutorial on this - off i go :D
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goldenSalamander Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous. Colors a salamander could love. Interesting text, too. :D
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Sandie. One of 19 down. :faint:

:D
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goldenSalamander Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: welcome
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ShinsetsuNeko Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
I love the colors! =)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Madeline!

:D
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ShinsetsuNeko Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008
No Prob!=)
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
Exquisitely detailed and colored. I love the style and linework. Complex and striking.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Rakesh! This one took far longer than it should have because of the systematic approach for the tutorial. Usually I work more intuitively, putting down colors as a notice the picture needs them! Thank you for the fave!

:D
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
You're welcome:).
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Windy-AKO Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
Gotta love your art, as always! It's an instant fave for me. I love the colouring, but I love even more the background art. Way to go!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, AKO, for the fave! I had a lot of fun with the background, as it was just another excuse to draw rocks, lol!

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moonangel21 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
After seeing the step by step of this picture I imagined a beautiful picture but this is amazing! all those beautiful bright colors being on perfect harmony! and Within is a beautiful writen piece, poethic and realistic, simply breathtaking! keep it up!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your comment and fave, Angel! Even though the text has a wee bit more editing to go through, it is pretty much where I want it. A strange little vignette, as it were, lol!

:hug:

:D
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Zhaana Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wooww beautiful !! so much colour ^^ so how much time did you spend to do it ?
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Way too long, lol! I should have kept a record of the time, but I got distracted by the tutorial itself, and because it was done over a month, I found myself working on it with in bits and pieces.

:D
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Lorrain Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is colourful :-o
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehehe. Kinda like a bowl of fruit, eh?

:D
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Lorrain Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, maybe not fruit.. but I've never seen you color anything before.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll be trying more in the future after I finish up some ink images that I've been working on for a while now.

:D
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful Colors! I'm in awe!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Coming from a color artist such as yourself, I am appreciative of your comments and the fave, David! Thanks!

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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks man! I've been loving your tutorials :)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic colors!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Elly! I don't usually use this many colors, prefering more of a monochromatic approach, but for the tutorial, I figured I'd try something a little different. I'm glad it worked out, as it was touch and go for a while!

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elle-chan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
Seeing this makes me wish that you colored all of your works. Not that the ink drawings aren't absolutely beautiful, but like this, your individual style really shines. I love it!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, lol. More coming soon. I just wish I could get the hang of that digital coloring thing, also. Thanks for the fave!

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faile35 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008   Traditional Artist
Wow, Bob, the colors sure change it, and give it a totally new life. :thumbsup:
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Jeff! I'm constantly amazed at how color can enrich linework...but I still like the ol' monochrome stuff, lol!

:D
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
that's a very lovely piece bro! :thumbsup:
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
If nothing else, it does have some color, eh? Thanks for the fave, Alan!

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larlus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Professional
great :)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Melike, for the encouragment and the fave!

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Armel Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh boy, if this thing ever gets published I'll buy it for sure, I love your art but didn't know you could also come up with texts as great as this! Very poetic and thought-inspiring.
And because this is a great text and I'm a perfectionist, I'll mention this otherwise unimportant detail: I think there's a type in this sentence "Wishes sprout wings and leaves Reason earthbound below", shouldn't it be "leave"?
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for your comments, Armel. You could be right on the plural vs. singular usage of "leave." I've got a great Editors manuel on such things, but unfortunatley it is packed in a box somewhere, lol!

The text will go through some final editing before the project is over. In fact, it will probably go through another few re-writes as well, but I appreciate you pointing out any mishaps or things that could be corrected! As the saying goes, "many hands make for quick work."

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EmberRoseArt Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
great detail!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Rose, for the comment and the fave! :hug:

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itmon Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
Nice work!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Trent!!

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rhunel Featured By Owner May 31, 2008   General Artist
Yay, it's finished, it's Gorgeous, just as I knew it would be!!!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww, you are very kind, Debra! Thank you so much for your fave on this one! :hug:

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